DurkinTuam v Canterbury Warriors

Saturday 29th March, 12pm in NUIG RFC, Dangan

Tuam womens will face Canterbury Warriors in the Connacht Women’s Invitational Plate final on Saturday.

Tuam are a former powerhouse of Connacht women’s rugby who have struggle with numbers this season due to injury and immigration. Such is the nature of a final though, that they now have a chance to mark this season down as a success, and will be looking to enter next season as the Plate champions. Edel Durkin will be one to watch out for for Tuam. Durkin, who has represented Connacht in the past, was also on the Garda side that won the Women’s rugby 7s at last year’s World Police and Fire games in Belfast.

Canterbury Warriors, sponsored by Canterbury, formed by the amalgamation of Carrick on Shannon RFC and Longford RFC women’s teams in August of this year.  Both teams had suffered greatly due to immigration and a baby boom in both clubs.  After two weeks of combined training it was decided an amalgamation was the way forward in order to preserve women’s rugby in the region.  Both sides have squad members who have vast experience and new younger generation coming through the ranks. They have had a remarkable season, after coming second in the Connacht league, and only narrowly missing out on a place in the Invitational cup final on bonus points. Canterbury have Yvonne Dowd among their ranks, with the Connacht representative will be one of the biggest threats to the Tuam side.

There’s no doubt that this will be a close game, with a win each for the two teams against each other already this year in the league, and both teams are up for the challenge.



Gillian McDarby appointed IRFU Head of Women’s Performance & Pathways